Last night a very tired me was deliberating what to knit next. I've spent the last few weeks stressing that I will never get through the list of all the projects I want to make and to be suddenly done with a few gifts that I'd been working on left me at a bit of a loss. I keep stumbling on new patterns and my 'to do' list shifts and grows every few weeks. I finally decided on 'Grace'
from the Spring '04
issue of Knitty
. I've had some black mohair in my stash for about 7 or so years that was ideal for it. I really like it so I've been hanging onto it waiting for the 'right' pattern. I'm not entirely sure this is, but if I waited for the perfect pattern for all of my stash I'd never make anything. The amount fits the pattern exactly and I got gauge. The only problem - it's got a really high mohair content (with the rest being wool and nylon) so it's incredibly hairy. To combat this I popped it in the fridge overnight and took myself off to bed without a thought. My poor mother came along this morning, opened it up and got the fright of her life. She thought there was a rat in the fridge. It took me a while to stop laughing before I could start work, but I've managed about 3/4 of the back so far. It's worked on 4.5mm needles so I'm getting quite a sheer fabric, it's not bad looking for rat yarn.
Other than that, it's official, I'm Great! My niece had a little boy last week. I made him Tassle Top from Kids Knits by Leslie Anne Price. I've made several of these recently so I can get it done quite quickly. It can be a bit boring doing the same pattern so many times, but it's been the favourite thing of everyone I've made it for so far. I'm not too enamoured with the title Great Aunt Rain so I'm sticking with 'O Great One' until I'm about 80. I've also been working on few gifts, some are still secret but the fleece lined armwarmers just need to be sewn together. They're all pinned and waiting so I'm almost there.
And last but not least, not quite a rat but a mouse...
...a frog mouse! I couldn't resist :)